Sam Allardyce admits that West Brom’s chances of signing either Mbaye Diagne or Okay Yokuslu – or indeed both of them – will most likely hinge on which division Albion are competing in next season.

Both striker Diagne and tenacious holding midfielder Yokuslu have made sizeable impacts in the short space of time they’ve been at the club. They’ve settled into their new surroundings quickly and are already good friends with each other – indeed they’re next door neighbours.

Diagne was signed on loan from Galatasaray until the end of the campaign, and Yokuslu arrived on a similar deal from Spanish outfit Celta Vigo, but there is an acceptance on Albion’s part that they’ll need to be in the top flight to be in a position in the close season to offer either or both players long-term stays at The Hawthorns.

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“I’d say that every player who is here wants to impress in the Premier League for the opportunity for us to keep them,” Allardyce said. “As with Mbaye and Okay, we want to keep them because they want to play in the Premier League. That’s why they’re here.

“I have to give them great credit for taking the chance, and for leaving their clubs to join a struggling side in the Premier League. It shows their character.

“They see it as an opportunity of coming to the big stage and showing what they can do. Hopefully they’ll carry on doing what they’re doing and we just want Mbaye to score a few more goals.

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“I’ve been really impressed the way they have taken to the Premier League. Mbaye would’ve already been a cult hero at West Brom, because he should’ve had four or five goals in three and a half games.

“That’s how close he’s come to being a cult hero; if he’d put all those in the back of the net, he’d have been our cult hero and he’d have righted a big problem.

“At least we’re getting the chances, he’s missed them and I’m gutted he’s not converted them, but at least we’re creating.”

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